We hear about all the advantages of homeschooling, but what about the disadvantages of homeschooling kids?
You may already know that homeschooling boasts a long list of advantages.
Some of them include:
- Families are strengthened.
- Children are taught by those who love them most in the whole world.
- Kids have the freedom to learn in ways that are best for them.
- There are unlimited snacks throughout the day. (Just ask any homeschooled kid one of the benefits and this will be on their list.)
However, there are some disadvantages of homeschooling to consider.
4 Main Disadvantages of Homeschooling for the Kids
Disadvantages of Homeschooling #1: Socialization
The most popular concern is socialization, or lack thereof.
Lack of quality friendships can be a serious issue for many children, regardless of how they are educated.
Sometimes, homeschooling may contribute to this already challenging childhood endeavor by limiting the opportunities to meet other children and develop solid relationships.
You will need to work at getting your child out and about and interacting with others!
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Disadvantages of Homeschooling #2: Time With Family
Also, on the opposite side of the socialization scale is a little something called time with family.
While friends may be in high demand, familial relationships are not.
It’s safe to say sisters bother brothers, brothers bother sisters, and everybody gets on mama’s nerves.
And, homeschooling definitely keeps family members in close quarters.
This means that privacy and independence are sometimes limited.
Children may have a difficult time getting along with siblings because they are simply burned out on each other’s company.
(But, this happens anyway…)
Also, constant closeness may further strain these relationships and also the parent/child relationship.
Homeschool parents can easily see each child’s personality quirks, mistakes, and shortcomings. These traits can be exaggerated when Mom and Dad know the child’s every move.
Children may feel constant criticism, even though the parents are just trying to be constructive.
Sometimes children need a break from the constant correction and may harbor feelings of resentment.
(A great way to do this is to try an unschooling method for a while!)
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Disadvantages of Homeschooling #3: Lack of a Variety of Authority Figures
Another disadvantage of homeschooling is the lack of authority figures in the homeschooled child’s life.
Again, if Mom and Dad are the only ones introducing, teaching, and reinforcing rules and standards, children may think their parents are overly dramatic and/or too strict.
It is to the child’s benefit to have other like-minded adults in their life to help strengthen parental standards and beliefs.
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Disadvantages of Homeschooling #4: Screen Time
Finally, for most children, homeschooling means being home.
And, being home affords more opportunity for the oh-so-convenient screen time.
Mamas desperate for a few moments of peace and quiet may be more willing to allow screen time during the day and the evening. An hour of video game playing in the afternoon and one in the evening isn’t so bad.
However, it’s easy to forget the children already spent an hour on the laptop completing an online math lesson, twenty minutes watching a cool science video on YouTube, thirty-five minutes practicing a typing lesson on the computer, and then on the iPad for the entire time little sister had her doctor’s checkup.
Screen time can get out of control for a homeschooler.
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The good news is these challenges are manageable.
There are solutions.
Those families committed to homeschooling can overcome these situations together.
No means of education will ever be perfect.
Even with the disadvantages many homeschool children face, homeschooling can still be the right choice.
Angelene is a mama who enjoys watching her children learn and grow through home education in spite of her inadequacy. Check out her blog at www.unqualifiedmom.com.